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PsThe second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG2) of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) opened on Monday 15 December 2014 at  the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland under the chairmanship of Dr Richard Lesiyampe, Principal Secretary MEWNR who is the current President of the  international Conference on Chemicals Management(ICCM4). ICCM4 is tentatively scheduled to be held from 28 September to 2 October 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland….read more

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Conservation Secretary, SDENR, Mr. Gathaara with KWS director, William Kiprono in a pensive mood during the heroes day remembrance

Conservation Secretary, SDENR, Mr. Gathaara with KWS director, William Kiprono in a pensive mood during the heroes day remembrance

Kenya Wildlife Service Rangers have been commended for their bravery, sacrifice and commitment despite the difficulty task and risk that they face in the course of their duty. Speaking during this year’s solemn ceremony in remembrance of Kenya’s conservation heroes who died in their course of duty at the Kenya Wildlife Service Headquarters, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu noted that, the departed KWS rangers died while defending our precious wildlife and that is why on every 16th December, we congregate to show solidarity for what they paid the ultimate price for.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Conservation Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Gideon Gathaara, Prof. Wakhungu paid tribute to the gallant fallen conservation heroes, noting it was a sad reflection of a dark moment for their families, relatives, colleagues and friends. Saying that their lives were cut short while protecting Kenya’s wildlife resource which is a key national heritage, the Cabinet Secretary said her Ministry acknowledged the challenges facing KWS   and other partners in conserving key species, especially rhinos and elephants.

Conservation Secretary, SDENR, Mr. Gedion Gathaara preparing to lay a wreath at the Conservation heroes monument at the KWS hqs

Conservation Secretary, SDENR, Mr. Gedion Gathaara preparing to lay a wreath at the Conservation heroes monument at the KWS hqs

Concervation Secretary, SDENR delivering the Cabinet Secretaries remarks during the heroes day commemoration at KWS

Concervation Secretary, SDENR delivering the Cabinet Secretaries remarks during the heroes day commemoration at KWS

Addressing the congregation, the acting director of the Kenya Wildlife Service, Mr. William Kiprono called on the families of the departed heroes to count on KWS as their friend and promised to support their children especially on education matters.

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SDA, SDENR, Amb. Julius Kandie, flanked by  officers from LBDA, LVEMP-II and Stated Dept of Water at the Kisumu Lab  when he opened it

SDA, SDENR, Amb. Julius Kandie, flanked by officers from LBDA, LVEMP-II and Stated Dept of Water at the Kisumu Lab when he opened it

The Principal Secretary, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said the opening of a state of the Art water quality Laboratory in Kisumu will boost the ecosystem in East African Community region.

The state of the Art laboratory opened in Kisumu, courtesy of the Environment, Water and Natural Resources Ministry in conjunction with the World Bank, will be used for Industrial and domestic effluent analysis alongside that of heavy metals and pesticides.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Senior Director of Administration Amb.Julius kandie during the handing over of the rehabilitated laboratory, the PS underlined its significance in environmental management in the country and the region.

The laboratory rehabilitated at Ksh. 18.4 million with equipment worth Sh. 33 million will also be used for bacterial, physical and full chemical analysis and monitoring of zoo and phytoplankton of Lake Victoria water initially in the local counties bordering Kisumu, before expanding regionally.

Dr. Lesiyampe noted that, the laboratory, under the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Programme II- Kenya (LVEMPII-Kenya) has the potential of being accredited to an international laboratory.

Amb. Kandie handing over the keys to the lab to  LVEMP -II Kenya National Coordinator, Franciscah Awour

Amb. Kandie handing over the keys to the lab to LVEMP -II Kenya National Coordinator, Franciscah Awour

He added that with some additional investments, it would undergo a certification process and that the Ministry was committed to solicit for funds to realize the ambition.

The PS paid tribute to development partners among them the World Bank for making the project successful. He appealed to stakeholders to make use of the laboratory for the benefit of the lake Victoria Basin ecosystem and the country.

Amb. Kandie, SDA, SDENR delivering the Principal  Secretary's speech during the official opening of the Kisumu Lab

Amb. Kandie, SDA, SDENR delivering the Principal Secretary’s speech during the official opening of the Kisumu Lab

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KQ Pics 3National carrier, Kenya Airways and international wildlife charity Born Free Foundation have boosted the fight against rhino poaching in Kenya with a donation of surveillance equipment and funds for training to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

The donated equipment include tents, GPS trackers and binoculars. This is in addition to a KSh350,000 cheque that will go towards training rangers in the KWS Rhino Monitoring Team.

Speaking during the handover of the equipment and the cheque at KWS Headquarters, Kenya Airways’ Marketing Director Chris Diaz said the donation demonstrated commitment by the airline, and its partner, Born Free Foundation, to support conservation of wildlife.

“The fight against wildlife poaching requires concerted efforts from all of us. This is the reason Kenya Airways has chosen to get involved in supporting KWS to fight this vice through skills improvement and equipment,” Mr Diaz added.

On his part, the Kenya Country Manager of Born Free Foundation, Tim Oloo said: “Working together is the only way to succeed in our joint mission to protect and conserve Kenya’s – and indeed the world’s– wildlife heritage for future generations. Rhinos are symbolic of that heritage – an ancient species whose current plight is entirely as a result of human greed, superstition and ignorance. It is our responsibility and duty to ensure that this amazing creature is not lost on our watch. That is why, in partnership with our good friends at Kenya Airways, and as part of the Change Brings Change programme, we are delighted to be making this strategic contribution to the professional efforts of the dedicated KWS rhino team to enable them to carry out their live-saving job to the very best of their ability”.

The donation was received by Julius Kimani, the deputy director of KWS, who lauded the two organizations for the support.

Mr Kimani added: “This equipment and training for rangers will greatly support the conservation of rhinos, which presently face a huge threat from poachers, who are after their horns. Last year, we lost 59 rhinos to poachers; and 26 rhinos so far this year. This challenge is surmountable with this kind of support from Kenya Airways and the Born Free Foundation”.

Conservation and management strategy for black rhinos in Kenya overall goal is that black rhinos are projected to increase by at least 5% pa to reach a confirmed total of 750 rhinos by end of 2016.

In October 2013, Kenya Airways and the Born Free Foundation unveiled a new initiative to raise funds for wildlife conservation causes throughout the world dubbed ‘Change Brings Change’.

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The  services offered  by the Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources are life supporting and therefore officers deployed to serve at various departments  should be Golden Goose California Sneakers Sale selfless and persons of integrity, Principal Secretary Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has said.

He emphasized that water; trees, wildlife, environment, weather, climate change, soil erosion, and pollution were T Shirt Versace Pas Cher delicate issues that directly affected human life and needed to be handled carefully.

Dr. Lesiyampe observed that environment issues are essential for Golden Goose Deluxe Brand nature’s survival, and called on those charged with the responsibility of steering the Ministry’s strategic objectives to be diligent, honest and morally upright professionals. Highly competent staff would help the Ministry achieve its vision of “a clean, healthy, safe and sustainably managed environment, water and natural Golden Goose Francy Sneakers resources’’ he added.

The PS  was addressing senior management staff of the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, during an interactive retreat at a Mombasa hotel. The team reviewed the state Department’s score card and appraised on the strategic plan and the Ministry’s performance contract.

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Dr. Lesiyampe implored on the senior managers to propagate for the improvement of customer care, etiquette, innovativeness and creativity in service delivery in a bid to meet the Ministry’s obligations.

Giving his personal reflection for the 18 months he has been at the helm of state department, Dr.  Lesiyampe lauded the differently opinioned staff he has interacted with, New Balance 530 terming some of them as very knowledgeable, experienced, mature, very skilled, obedient, respectful and committed to their duties. He called for the entrenchment of International Standards Organization (ISO) and Gemba Kaizen for the continuous improvement of services.

The retreat was attended by all heads of departments and chief executive officers of Parastatals and quasi government agencies under the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources. They each presented respective strategic objectives and performance targets for the financial year.

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